Category «Interior»

Aft Cabin Head: Cabinet Installation

Progress on the aft cabin head: cabinet installation. This is a section of the aft cabin where space for the head is separated from the master bunk by a ‘wedge’ shaped area. It is the space highlighted in red on the drawing below. Besides providing cabin partition and storage space, the cabinets conceal mechanical and …

Slackin’ and V-Berth Update

Wow, I have really been slackin’ on posting blog updates. I will make a concerted effort here to catch up on the various paralell projects in the next few posts. The v-berth, aka “the garage” is mostly trimmed in. As per the last post, we decided to clad the hull sides with strips of hardwood, …

Last of the LED lighting…

I know, I keep talking about LED lighting (seems lots of boaters are doing LED light projects these days!). But this is the last string of “planned” LED lighting. Recall a string was installed in the aft bilge/steering compartment here: http://www.westsail42.com/2015/07/subfloor-lighting-steering-gear-tweaks.html Well, this string is under the floor of the forward salon. The lighting provides easy …

More LED Lighting…

This time its the aft cabin. This replaces three annoying temporary under-deck cheap fluorescent fixtures along with the cords strung about to power them. As with the main cabin, lights are controlled with a wireless remote (on shelf in last picture).

More Ice Box

I finally fit the first layer of foam to the ice box cabinet. However, I am pausing here for the moment. A bit more research has suggested that, despite some extra cost, using vacuum insulation panels for the inner main box will not only improve insulation, but also simplify construction (compared to what I had …

Ice Box Design

What better activity for a freezing new years day… After revisiting some of my older thoughts on ice box features, I have made some changes, most in the interest of reducing complication, cost and build time. One or Two? At one point, as the ice box cabinet would have such large capacity, the plan was …

Cabinet Face Frames, Doors and Hardware

Here is the latest on cabinet face frame experiments. This is port side of the forward salon. The main panel is khaya veneered plywood with maple horizontal inlays above and below the cabinet doors. The cabinet doors are inset with fully concealed hinges. Latches are push button locking types. This idea includes a grille spanning …

Cabinet Face Experiment #2

Second cabinet face experiment. Using square cornered doors and sample horizontal inlays at the top and bottom of the door. Just testing construction technique and design. Not really a test of wood species and look as this is a scrap of plain sande marine ply (kinda dirty) and the khaya inlay doesn’t really contrast. Use …

Wood Species Comparisons

For the next experiment we will be trying out khaya veneered plywood. Here is a sample of the plywood with various wood inlays. The ideas for the interior include contrasting accent trim. Probably a lighter color wood. In the above picture, from top to bottom we have: maple, beech, alder, cherry, teak, sapele. The smartphone …

Re-gaining Momentum on the Interior

With continuing tweaks and adjustments happening with the new shop, the setup is now ready for pushing forward with the “wood” related aspects of finishing the boat interior. Before the new shop, we were in need of a wood species. Of the few samples under consideration, the choice has been narrowed to sapele or khaya. …